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Mon May 24, 2021, 06:04 PM

9. A victory by the US would have allowed it to "dodge liability" for military-sites cleanup

The cost to remedy the Ordot Dump, which the Navy used during World War Two to discard munitions and toxic waste including Agent Orange, is estimated at $160 million. Guam took charge of the unlined landfill that has leaked toxic chemicals into the Pacific Ocean when its civilian government replaced the U.S. military one in 1950. It closed it in 2011 and began cleaning it up in 2013.

The island territory sued the United States in Connecticut federal court to force it to take on some of the financial responsibilities for the dump's cleanup. Monday's ruling is also a win for a group of two dozen states that has warned in a friend-of-the-court filing that a victory by the United States would allow it to "dodge liability" for military-sites cleanup.


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